Monthly Archives: February 2018

How To Get Speyed – Part 1

Guest Blogger: Michael Vorhis, author of ARCHANGEL suspense thriller, OPEN DISTANCE adventure thriller & more to come

I never thought I’d want to cross over to what seemed like the dark side…well, that’s not fair…department store doughballs dragged the length of man-made reservoirs via cannonball-sized downriggers are the dark side…and that’s not fair either…but I’m talking about my own ignorant preferences here. The point is that I never thought I’d gravitate to heaving gaudy flies the size of a goose with surf-length rods using both hands.

But a courageous Chinook who’d been around the world and had come home to challenge my little self-built 5-weight 9-footer changed all that. While I’ll never lose the fascination of tempting wily rainbows with tiny flies delicately offered, I know now that I need some artillery when the big boys cruise on home. more…

New Foam Products from Rainy’s

 Rainy’s was founded in 1971 by Rainy Riding who began fishing with flies on a spincast rod at age five. Today, Rainy’s is a multinational business leading the industry with cutting-edge innovation and the highest quality fly tying materials. They’re particularly well known for foam products and we’ve just added a dozen new items in a wide variety of colors and sizes.

Many of the new items include Rainy’s popper bodies which are some of the best in the industry. There are many popper bodies to pick from, ranging from very small Pee-Wee Pops to larger Foam Bass Poppers, to Saltwater Poppers.

We highly recommend the PSP Foam Popper/Diver Heads and the Foam Diver Heads. Depending on which way you point them on the hook shank, they either become a popper or a diver.

We also carry the product that started the foam revolution in fly tying. This is a tubular foam called Rainy’s Float Foam. To read more about Float Foam and its various uses, please read a blog post Rainy’s just recently published themselves.

Tying with Rainy’s Float Foam: The Original Commercially Available Fly Tying Foam

Winter Hands

Guest Blogger: Mary S. Kuss, Life-long avid angler, licensed PA fishing guide, founder of the Delaware Valley Women’s Fly Fishing Association

Many of us do the bulk of our fly tying during the winter months when, depending on where we live, weather conditions can make fishing difficult and uncomfortable to near-impossible.  Why not tie flies instead?  That seems like a great idea, and in many ways it is.  Unfortunately, however, the indoor environment at this time of year poses significant challenges for the fly tyer.

Low humidity is the culprit, and one’s hands can become very dry, rough, and even cracked.  This causes misery even when one is not tying, but can really raise havoc at the vise.  Static electricity can cause furs, feathers and synthetic materials to adhere to the hands, clothing, and even vise and tools.  Skin spurs snag thread and materials, and dubbing becomes very difficult to control with dry fingers.  I’d like to share with you some of the tricks I’ve learned to deal with these problems. more…